I remember like it was yesterday. Nearly 7 years ago I rented my first moped in Thailand to explore the island of Koh Phangan.
Before that time, I’ve never been on a moped or a motorcycle in my life. (I’m from an area in the United States where you only get a couple months of sunshine while the rest is rain and more rain.)
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That day on the beautiful island of Koh Phagan is still one of my fondest memories of my time in Thailand. I couldn’t understand why driving around on a little 100cc moped exploring at the tropical island and finding waterfall after waterfall was so much fun. But it was.
Ever since that day, I find that renting a moped is the best way of exploring a new island. Simply get a map of the island and start driving. Go check out temples, waterfalls, zoos, or whatever else catches your attention.
7 years later I did this same thing with Bali. And 7 years later it was just as much fun as before.
So let’s get to it:
Where Do You Rent Motorbikes / Scooters / Mopeds on Bali?
Just about everywhere. If you want around any tourist area, people will ask you if you want to rent a motorbike or car.
Also, just about every hotel will offer this service or recommend a rental service that is right next door.
Personally, I prefer renting through my hotel because they tend to only require a copy of my passport. (More about that below.)
How Much Does it Cost to Rent Mopeds on Bali?
In the main cities like Kuta and Ubud, here are some basic prices you’ll find:
Daily Price = 50,000 Rp (5usd)
Weekly Price = 300,00 Rp (30usd)
Monthly Price = 1,000,000 Rp (100usd)
The daily price is pretty much set. However, there is a lot of negotiating room when you are renting monthly. Some businesses won’t work with you on the price and try to charge per day if you rent by the month. However, most places will give you a discount and charge between 1 and 1.2 million Rp per month. (Just ask, and if you don’t like the price they are giving you – keep on asking different companies until you find the price you like)
Do You Need an International Driving License to Rent a Motorbike in Bali?
No! You do not need an international driver’s license or an Indonesian driver’s license to rent a motorbike in Bali. 99% of the rental companies won’t even ask if you have a driver’s license. Nor will the police care if you are pulled over.
What Documents Do You Need To Rent a Moped on Bali?
I’m not going to lie, I’m American and I hate leaving my passport with other people. In fact, it’s printed on our passport that we should never leave it with anyone we do not know. (And given that the street value for a USA passport is worth 300 – 500usd, you need be careful.
But all that won’t keep the rental agencies from asking to hold your passport while you rent their bikes. 99.9% of them do it simply for security purpose, not to rip you off. They do this to guarantee that you will return the bike.
Although many places on Bali will ask to keep your passport, many will settle for a photo copy. Just make it clear that it’s illegal for you to leave your passport with another while traveling overseas. (Which I think is actually true.)
If they will not accept a photo copy, just talk with another rental agency.
In Kuta I find that the rental agencies that have an agreement with the hotel will almost always accept a photocopy. But the random rental shops in the city will fight harder for the passport giving some story that they already lost 3 bikes.
Besides a copy of your passport, you won’t need any other documents. Some companies will ask you to pay in advance while others will have you pay when you return the bike. Either way shouldn’t bother you much.
How Much Does it Cost to Fill Up Your Motorbike with Gasoline?
To fill your motorbike with gasoline, you can either use a gas station or buy bottles of gasoline from little shops along the street. By far you get the best value if you use an actual gas station where it should cost no more than 20,000 Rp (1.75usd) to fill your tank.
If you use the bottles along the side of the road, about double that.
What If You Get a Flat Tire?
This will happen. I average a flat tire about once a month. It’s cheap to fix, about 3,000 – 7,000 Rp (3 – 7usd). There is almost always a random small repair shop close by. Just ask the nearest locals and they will point you in the right direction.
What If You Get Into a Moped Accident?
Getting into a motorbike accident is not uncommon in Bali or anywhere else in Asia. In fact, I’ve been in 3 of them in the last 5 years. All of them were my fault which was caused by sand in the road during a turn or me being drunk and stupid late at night.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO THE BIKE! If you damage your bike, you have two options:
1- Return it to the place you rented at and pay them for the damage
2- Try to fix it yourself at a repair shop and return it without saying anything about the damage
When you return it damaged, you will almost always be charged double or triple the price it would cost to really have it fixed. While trying to fix it yourself feels a little bit sneaky and is more of a hassle. But the choice is yours.
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Safe driving and enjoy paradise!